Myth as Fiction

yggdrasilWe don’t look for any truth other than that which can be proven through facts and experimentation. There is no physical evidence that God exists, so some take the approach that since it can’t be proven that He does, then he automatically doesn’t. Right or wrong in this illustration, even the theist views things in this same way.

This is most clearly shown when it comes to myth. Continue reading

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Defining Myth

urban-mythDefining mythos is a little more tricky than defining logos. The idea of myth is loaded with negative connotations, especially for the religiously minded individual. So I am going to try to be as thorough as possible to make clear what the word actually means and what I am saying and not saying. Let me be perfectly clear: the definition of myth is going to be controversial to some. My plan is not to stir the pot and offend sensibilities. I want us to be on the same page as we move on into the meatier part of our discussion of these two ideas. Continue reading

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Defining “Logos”

6a00e008d62947883400e5535a7acd8834We are going to begin by defining our terms, and we are going to start by defining the least controversial of the two: logosContinue reading

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Mythos and Logos

deadgodIn 1883, Nietzsche declared that God was dead. This was a defining moment in the history of philosophy, science, and religion. It was a declaration that the worlds of the physical and the spiritual were no longer compatible. It was a claim that modern man was moving past a “need” for God thanks to technological advancement and scientific discovery.

But it also drew clearly defined battle lines. The modern fundamentalist movement was born (in two of the major monotheistic faiths at least). All other modes of thought and worldview were pitted against that of the religious.

It was the last blow to separate mythos from logos.

Over the next few days, we will be exploring these two ideas (mythos and logos) and seeking to define what they are and whether or not they really should be opposed to each other. Keep your minds open and your ears attentive. And be ready to determine whether or not God really is dead.

 

Book Review: Theology from Exile Volume II: The Year of Matthew

There seems to be a major push within modern religion to bring those of faith, no faith, little faith, and other faiths all together under one roof to worship a vague notion of some distant sky God. The book Theology from Exile is an attempt at a liturgy for just this sort of group. It is a commentary based on the Revised Common Lectionary, which is an ecumenical liturgy following the Christian calendar, and is aimed at primarily Protestant consumption. This commentary, on the contrary, is not for protestants, but for Universalist congregations. Continue reading

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The Burden of Doing Good

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A couple weeks ago, I loaded up the YouVersion Bible app at church to follow along with the sermon at church. On the first screen when the app loads is a daily Bible verse. On this particular day, was the following verse:

See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. (1 Thessalonians 5:15 ESV)

I was struck by it. Not because it is a familiar passage that touches my heart in some mystical way every time I read it, but because of how strong and hard the command is. It is more than a simple, “be nice to people” remark. Much more. It is a burdensome command and yet one that is vital if we are to have a living Christian faith. Continue reading

Book Review: The Coming Interspiritual Age by Kurt Johnson and David Robert Ord

ImageI’ve read quite a few books on New Age ideas and comparative religion, but this is probably one of the most important books on the topic to hit the shelves in a long time. But not for the reasons you may think. Continue reading

Book Review: Evolution’s Purpose by Steve McIntosh

ImageI love reading books dealing with science, philosophy, theology, and religion. And when the opportunity arose to review a book looking at evolution from a philosophical perspective, I was more than excited. And Steve McIntosh’s Evolution’s Purpose did not disappoint.

The book starts off kind of slow, as he gives you a brief overview of Integral Philosophy and a sort of history of worldviews. Integral theory, as it is also called, is an emerging area of discussion that seeks to bring together the best aspects of pre-modern, modern, and postmodern worldviews into an all-encompassing view of the world, its purpose, and what it means and where it is headed. Continue reading

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Book Review: Holy Terror by Mel White

ImageThere are a lot of topics that stir up a lot of controversy, but none so much in this moment than homosexuality. And paying a pivotal role in the discussion of this touchy subject is, or should be, Mel White’s 2006 book Holy Terror: Lies the Christian Right Tells Us to Deny Gay Equality.

In this well-documented treatise, White goes into painstaking detail about the work being done by some prominent conservative Christian leaders to curtail the constitutional rights of the GLBT community. And as the ghostwriter at one time for the likes of Jerry Falwell and Billy Graham, he is privy to insider information that most of us would have no knowledge of. We can be greatly indebted to him for bringing some of these things to light, even if we come away in disagreement with his stance and lifestyle. Continue reading

Book review: What We Talk About When We Talk about God by Rob Bell

ImageRob Bell is not an author to shy away from controversial subjects, as his last book clearly shows. And in this regard, his new book is no different. What We Talk About when We Talk About God is Rob Bell’s latest attempt to re-articulate the tenants of the Christian faith for a generation of believers (and non-believers) who may have been turned off to a more traditional approach to the faith. In his characteristic manner involving seemingly disconnected stories and ideas, he takes the reader on a journey through what he believes about God.

But, the book is not about God, or even about how we are supposed to talk about Him, so to speak. It is more about what we are saying with the words we use to talk about God. Yes, he is defending his vision of God, but he is more concerned with the reader’s connection to this God.  Continue reading

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